Massimo Luciani

Peter Straub in 2009

The news arrived of the death of writer Peter Straub, which happened on September 4. According to the information that emerged, his death occurred due to complications that followed a hip fracture.

Over the course of decades of his career, Peter Straub has received ten Bram Stoker Awards for his works including novels, stories fiction, anthologies, and a special career award in 2005. He also received three World Fantasy Awards for his works and one for his career, a Special Award from the International Horror Guild as a Living Legend in 2005, and the World Horror Grandmaster Award in 1997.

The news of Peter Straub’s death was given by his daughter Emma. It was followed by a comment by Stephen King, who reminded his colleague and friend. Many more words of esteem have come from colleagues, critics, and fans who appreciated his works for decades.

The Saints of Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton

The novel “The Saints of Salvation” by Peter F. Hamilton was published for the first time in 2020. It’s the third novel in the Salvation Sequence and follows “Salvation Lost”.

The Earth is under siege, a situation that doesn’t offer much hope. The terrible choice is to abandon the home planet to allow humans who escaped the abduction by the aliens to prepare a strategy for the counterattack. Even a scammer like Ollie can be useful by exploiting his desire for revenge but the ultimate goals are very long-term.

In the distant future, a human resistance group faced the enemy and found an unexpected ally. The circumstances have changed after millennia of running and preparing, and the discovery of some secrets accelerates the adoption of new strategies. The final confrontation and the release of the kidnapped humans may be near.

Don't Invest in Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, the Metaverse, and Web 3, Without This Book: A Guide to Future Investing by Jaygucc

The manual “Don’t Invest in Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, the Metaverse, and Web 3, Without This Book: A Guide to Future Investing” by Jaygucc was published for the first time in 2022.

The evolution of the web allows for much greater interactions than in the past with significant influences in various fields. With regard to economy and financial services, tools evolved that led to the birth of a market parallel to the classic one which in recent years has grown enormously, offering many opportunities but also risks. Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and other tools are increasingly used and could become even more important in projects connected to the Metaverse.

Beowulf's Children aka The Dragons of Heorot by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes

The novel “Beowulf’s Children”, also known as “The Dragons of Heorot”, by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes was published for the first time in 1995. It’s the second book of the Heorot series and follows “The Legacy of Heorot”.

Twenty years after the Grendel War, the colonists of the planet Avalon closed themselves in a small area considered safe from attacks. However, the new generation sees the planet as a legacy that young people can’t access because the older generation never makes a decision that leads to the exploration of new areas.

Aaron Tragon is one of the most intelligent young people and also one of the most determined to take control of his own destiny. If the elderly with ice in their brains, who are still the majority, are opposed to any proposal, Aaron is ready to lead a group of young people who want to explore Avalon without asking for any permission.

The Laughing Gnome - Scary Monsters by Simon A. Forward

The novel “The Laughing Gnome – Scary Monsters” by Simon A. Forward was published for the first time in 2018.

1981. In London, Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart is in a pub during an attack and he too is wounded. However, a few hours later, no traces of damage are found in the pub and the testimonies regarding the possible perpetrators are very different with Lethbridge-Stewart being the only one to have seen a mysterious woman with red hair. His state of mind is made more complex by a strange connection with the 2011 Lethbridge-Stewart.

In Moscow, Major Grigoriy Bugayev leads an assault group to free the passengers of a hijacked airplane. Over the next few hours, what he and his men remember and the physical evidence tell very different stories about the events. Bugayev also has to handle the oversight of KGB agents.